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Using SOLIDWORKS Sketch Ink in Your Workflow

SOLIDWORKS Sketch Ink

I’ve always used a tablet ever since I took my first graphics arts class back in high school.  I’ve found it to be an invaluable tool over the years, helping me with the creative process. When I found out that SOLIDWORKS has integrated tools that…

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SOLIDWORKS 2017 Improved Sketching ensures no more “Dirty Drawings”

SOLIDWORKS 2017 Improved Sketching

SOLIDWORKS 2017 improved sketching provides a new buffer zone within the environment to help keep micro-lines from being created while using the click—click sketch method. This automated functionality will reduce the number of accidental instances of micro length lines that prevent us from using the…

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It’s Easier to Manipulate Constrained Sketch Segments in SOLIDWORKS 2016

Constrained Sketch

In this tech tip video, you’ll learn about the new enhancements to the Detach Segment on Drag tool in SOLIDWORKS 2016.  It’s now easier than ever to move entities around in a constrained sketch, while automatically deleting and adding necessary relations as you go. It’s…

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SOLIDWORKS Quick Trick: Sketching Lines using Ctrl and Shift

Okay, sketching lines may not seem like a particularly advanced trick, but there are a few subtle things you can do while sketching a line that can change the behaviour. You are probably already aware that you can create a single line using the click…

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SOLIDWORKS 2016 Offset Entities Enhancements

New for the SOLIDWORKS 2016 Offset Entities sketch tool is the ability to create cap ends while offsetting open loop entities in 2D sketches. The cap end type can either be an arc or a line. Capping entities while offsetting is not new but previously you could only apply cap…

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SOLIDWORKS Industrial Designer Sketching [VIDEO Series 2 of 4]

Welcome back everyone! In part 1, we became familiar with  SOLIDWORKS Industrial Design, and learned how to navigate around it. For those that participated in the contest and would like to compare results with me, please click the show contest button. [showhide type=”post” more_text=”Show Contest”…

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MySolidWorks Learning: Sketch Booleans will make 3D Object Intersections come to Life in Conceptual Designer

Want to know how to combine the volume of two sketch objects? Try the MySolidWorks Learning Sketch Booleans tutorial and you’ll be able to master the art of sketch object union. Sketch Booleans is the particular function within SOLIDWORKS Mechanical Conceptual that allows you to freely intersect, add, and subtract one object from the…

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Sketching Tips [VIDEO]

When sketching in SolidWorks for the first time there is a lot to take in.  Even with the best of instructors the first time through you might forget some of the nice features.  In this series I am going to compile the very basics of sketching that and generate a table of all the modifier keys in one succinct location. To start off with when creating a shape with lines there are two methods, click click, and click drag.  Click Click will automatically start another entity of the same type, click drag will not.  Click Click will have the same effect as click drag when closing off a profile, or when creating an entity that is closed, such as a rectangle or a circle. Once…

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The Greatest Time Saver – Auto-Sketch Scaling in SolidWorks 2014 [VIDEO Tutorial]

Auto-Sketch Scaling in SolidWorks 2014 will save the world about 2,500 user-years annually!!! It is a bit ironic that you will most likely not notice a little SolidWorks 2014 enhancement which will provide the biggest productivity boost to the whole SolidWorks Community. Scaling the entities in the first sketch, based on the first applied dimension, is such a simple concept! A concept that will be used by every SolidWorks user, a concept that works seamlessly and which will save you time and your company money! How much time, you ask? It depends on how many parts you create from scratch and how complex are the first sketches in each part. Let’s say you need to create 10 new parts per day. You will save about 30 seconds per part, altogether around 5 minutes each…

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